NZ Gamer - I like the idea of hybrids: mixing elements from two genres can be a very good way of creating a game that’s fresh while also maintaining accessibility. The Portal games, for example, do a splendid job of marrying a novel puzzle system to the controls of a first-person shooter. Anno 2070, which I reviewed recently, is another good example - although rather more of a niche title. Xotic is in the same vein, in that it unites gameplay elements from first-person and side-scrolling shooters. However, the union is ultimately pretty unsatisfying.